What makes Katharine so refreshingly different is the importance she attached throughout her life to the family she was born into, and the credit she gave them (particularly her parents) for making her into the person she became.
Unlike others of her time, no domineering stage mother, no family feuds (unless you count the very mild & temporary version with brother Dick), just continual loving support. Her love of Fenwick and the way she embraced her extended family as her own, the frequent visits home even as she grew older and reached the height of her fame, the way she retreated into the bosom of the family whenever she hit a rough patch or needed space to breathe - wonderfully rare & down-to-earth. With her strong and independent character, she'd have succeeded along any path she chose, but do you think her acting career might have developed along different lines without her firm roots & such loving family support?
All the Hepburns had big personalities just like Kath did, but for some reason there didn't seem to be any sibling rivalry between them. I think that it was due to the fact the parents were never trying to upstage each other and they always had respect for others opinions and others in general. That makes a great deal of difference in a home and someones life. And I think that Kath would have grown up differently and I don't think she would have gone as for if it hadn't been for her extremely stimulating upbringing that let her amazing personality shine through.
"I was never a member of the feminine club. I never knew what the other girls were talking about"
In Katharine Hepburn by Michael Freedland (yes, read the end first - bad habit) She is quoted saying; "When I close the book, I'll never think I've been an actress. Others, of course, will."
What I think/mean by this - she did not feel special because of her profession, with her family she was just one of them. And that she did have money meant only to her that she could do what she wanted but not that she was above someone. My feeling is - She loved beeing among them not feeling special, not getting the usual big attention, she got elsewhere.
Just as she once said something like: I have enough if I can help someone young getting started I would.
If I have miss-remembered something in the last sentence please do correct me!
"The time to make up your mind about people is never." ~ Tracy Lord
She came from such an interesting background. Her parents were so unusual and different. Her whole family had strong personalities for sure. She was connected to Hartford and Old Saybrook and Fenwick and never broke that connection. I cannot even think of a word that makes her so different from any other actress to me.
Judy: All has changed on the Proboard....Not sure my reply got posted. Anyway, thanks for the notice, Evelien. I'm unable to access it. I can watch the clip of the woman flipping through the Kate books and talking about fashion - one of which is Rebel Chic :-)
Feb 4, 2014 20:29:21 GMT -5
dreamer: Ok peeps have tried to figure this new board - with not much success In order to login - click at the upper right corner - use your name from the board and your password and it should be all right. If not - please let me know and I will try to help!
Jul 29, 2014 7:30:03 GMT -5
Judy: I can enter. But not sure how to post now....Although I have nothing exciting to say, except hello to everyone!
Jul 29, 2014 20:34:38 GMT -5
Sherry: Hello in return.
Jul 31, 2014 10:40:25 GMT -5
HollywoodHepcat: Awww, hiiii!! I'm randomly here in hope of sourcing a quote of Kate's about Joel Mccrea-- coming up short, though. Ah well, hope everyone is well!! FINALLY A RED AND WHITE BANNER. TOOK 8 YEARS, BUT... WE MADE IT.
Aug 5, 2014 20:43:01 GMT -5
Tracy Lord: Just wanted to say a big HEY to everyone! I would love it if this board was active like it once was. I've missed it!
Aug 6, 2014 17:23:36 GMT -5
evelien: Hi everyone, hope you're all fine. I'm still alive and kicking and still as big a KH fan.
Aug 12, 2014 12:09:24 GMT -5
evelien: Judy: to reply to an existing thread, you can post a message in the 'quick reply' box under the last post on the page. To create a new thread: click on the folder you wish to post a new thread in and on the top right side you can choose 'New thread'.
Aug 12, 2014 12:11:39 GMT -5
CFK: So we all heard about Betty Bacall, I guess? Pretty rotten news, especially following so closely on Robin Williams. What a lousy week. Watched To Have and Have Not as tribute tonight.
Aug 13, 2014 0:25:58 GMT -5
HollywoodHepcat: Oh my God. Betty. My heart's in my throat.
Aug 13, 2014 5:45:59 GMT -5
lomola : hello fellow KH fans Just stumbled upon this interesting board.. Does anyone have any video interviews with KH?? Or maybe transcripts of them? I´ve been especially looking for the full version of the famous Cavett one forever and ever...
Sept 15, 2014 16:06:41 GMT -5
lomola : the bits of it i found on youtube were just amazing..
Sept 15, 2014 16:07:35 GMT -5
Laura: Is there anybody here? My registration has been pending approval forever... Maybe this board has been abandonned by the owner..
Dec 15, 2014 3:40:49 GMT -5
Fran: I think the problem with actresses such as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford was that they played SEX SYMBOLS and did woman movies. They were sexy in their day and were the main love interests in the movie. When they got older those woman type movies were dead
Jun 26, 2017 16:56:41 GMT -5
Fran: Bette Davis made very different movies from Katherine Hepburn Hepburn. Bette was sexy. So was Crawford. They made woman type movies. Hepburn was the masculine feminist. When their looks went, so did their careers. Hepburn was never that type.
Jun 26, 2017 16:57:53 GMT -5
Angela: Personally, I like Bette Davis best she was "a woman for all season" she didn't mince words she did the role without having to apologize for creativity she musters to do the work. Also, she could look different without worrying about her appearance.
Mar 14, 2019 19:54:07 GMT -5
Angela: Personally, I felt Bette Davis was the "woman for all seasons" since she used all her creativity to make her artwork. As for Katherine she seems to sound the same - her voice didn't change. Granted she was good in Shakespeare which I give credit.
Mar 14, 2019 19:56:35 GMT -5
SJS: Bette had a mostly latent tendency to ham, and she admitted it. She really appreciated a director who could get her to tone it down. She lost respect for a director who would let her get away with it. But she took chances that most actresses wouldn't.
Apr 15, 2020 14:12:32 GMT -5